ITS Chapter 2 reading notes
The Past in the Present: Historical Interpretation in International Conflict
Disciplines used to make historical inquiry in order to make accurate portrayal of the
past: geographical, economic, political, cultural, and any other relevant sources
Political and diplomatic history
: concerned with study of power and power
relationships. Oldest historical tradition. Politics, law, and foreign policy included.
Central to understanding current international relations.
: study of the exchange of goods and services.
Seek insight into
economic trends that might inform future economic and business decisions.
problems need gathering of sources, analyzing their reliability, and interpreting their
Theories of economic development depend on accurate case histories of
regions that have experienced economic prosperity.
Growth depends on climate,
culture, political leadership, infrastructure, and resources.
Subfields: Labor history- focus on development of working class solidarity, and
relations between workers, management, and the government
Cultural and Social history
The study of music, sports, religion, and art, along with
history of urban and rural society, immigration, race, family, population, gender, and
Study of power of ideas to move historical events, and
on the development and influence of ideologies such as religion,
nationalism, liberalism, Marxism, and feminism.
study of people’s interaction with their natural surroundings.
Deals with water usage, farming practices, food distribution and famine, and marine and
What is History: